In my previous post, I wrote about our Berg Lake backpacking trip in British Columbia’s Mount Robson Provincial Park. This post features the Toboggan Falls-Hargreaves Lake loop, a day hike from Berg Lake that packs a huge punch over just 6.3 km (4 mi) and a manageable 348 m (1142 ft) elevation gain. From waterfalls that look like enormous waterslides to glacial lakes, lush forest and top-drawer mountain panoramas, this loop has astonishing variety and beauty. It’s hikeable in two hours but we spent over four hours exploring and photo-taking. I had a smile on my face the whole time.
We started the loop at the Toboggan Lake trailhead, clearly marked just after the bridge at the Berg Lake campground. We enjoyed this counterclockwise direction as it affords the grandest head-on views.
The trail begins steeply on switchbacks through the forest. It doesn’t take long before it starts skirting the edge of Toboggan Falls, a series of cascades that slide down over smooth slab rock. The views open up with Berg Lake and Mount Robson making stunning backdrops for the falls.
Kudos to the folks responsible for the amazing bench about one kilometre up the trail. It is the perfect perch from which to contemplate the views.
At 1.3 km there is a trail intersection: right is to Mumm Basin, which is closed due to damage caused by landslides, and left is our direction—the continuation of the loop toward Hargreaves Lake trail.
Much of the 1.6 km trail that connects the Toboggan Lake trail with the Hargreaves Lake trail undulates through the forest just below the tree line. There are lots of pretty creeks and intermittent mountain views. The trail is flagged and easy to follow despite the large sections of snow that still linger in late June. We see the ravages of nature with trees knocked down and bent sideways from the forces of snow and avalanches.
The landscape changes again as we emerge from the forest, just at the edge of the tree line—above us rubbly slopes and snow-capped peaks, below us majestic Berg Lake.
We soon get to the intersection with the Hargreaves Lake trail that travels down the rocky slope back to the main Berg Lake trail. But before we head down, we take the 0.2 km spur trail leading to the Hargreaves Lake lookout. With snow still covering the steep trail, it’s not easy going, but it’s a worthwhile effort for the stark, dramatic views over Hargreaves Lake and glacier.
The 1.3 km down the Hargreaves Lake trail is my favourite part of the loop. Berg Lake and the Robson Massif are in front of us the entire way down. We even get to see the small, teal-coloured lake fed by the Mist Glacier that is not visible from the Berg Lake trail.
The Hargreaves Lake trail dumps us out at the main Berg Lake trail near Marmot campground. From there, it’s a glorious 1.7 km lakeside walk back to our Berg Lake campsite.
The Toboggan Falls-Hargreaves Lake loop is one of the best, short loop hikes I’ve ever done and makes an awesome add-on hike from Berg Lake, Marmot, Rearguard or Robson Pass campgrounds.The scenery is beyond incredible and it’s a pretty easy hike. I recommend doing the whole loop, but for those short on time, the Hargreaves Lake trail, in my opinion, has the most spectacular views. Then again, Toboggan Falls is very special. Do the whole loop!